Charter FAQ’s

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Here are some of the most common Charter FAQS:

Do I need a Connecticut Saltwater Fishing License?

  • No, you do not. Fishing from a Charter Boat like ours, you are covered under our license.
  • We fish in RI/NY/CT/and FEDERAL waters.
  • Ultimately our catch cannot exceed CT regulations but we also need to abide by the area we fish in.

What Type of Fish do you catch and how many can we keep?

  • We strive to keep fish populations as sustainable as possible. Catch and release is always encouraged for what you won’t eat.
  • For current Connecticut size and possession limits when we land at the dock, CLICK HERE
  • To get a better idea of which trip is best for your group, CLICK HERE.

What should we Bring?

  • Bring rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes, a jacket, food and beverages. (Especially WATER)
  • Small Coolers are fine and a good idea to keep your fillets fresh for the ride home.
  • We keep the fish fresh until filleted and then they are bagged and iced in a cooler on board.

Are Tips Customary for the Mate?

  • Yes. Your mate will work hard for you all day. Rigging, setting baits, landing and filleting your catch.
  • A customary tip for the mate is 15-20%.

What is included?

  • We include a fun experience on the water!
  • We provide all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and experience to put fish in the boat.
  • Your mate will setup the rods and lures, instruct you, land, bleed, and on the way back fillet. Sit back and relax!
  • We “skin” your fillets. “Scaling” of fish is not permitted.
  • Also due to DEEP regulations, we cannot dismember carcasses (i.e. Cut heads or tails off).

What is not included?

  • Food and Beverages*.
  • *Please note, hard liquor is not a good mix on our charters. Stay on land if intoxication is your priority.
  • Beer and Wine (in moderation) is permissible. Remember to stay responsible.
  • DON’T BRING ILLEGAL DRUGS ON THE BOAT. (per USCG Regulations)
    • This is grounds for terminating a trip and returning to the dock. 
    • (Includes vapes and edibles), just don’t do it!

What if the forecast is poor the night before?

  • Some of the best fishing will occur as a storm front is moving in or out.
  • Wind is the primary reason for us to reschedule a trip. Both for your safety and the experience of the group.
  • In the event that the weather is turning poor, we will call you the night before to discuss.
  • We will give our recommendation.
  • If we recommend rescheduling there is good reason!
  • What if someone in the group is prone to sea-sickness?
  • We suggest taking an over the counter remedy the night before such as Dramamine or Bonine.
  • This is a great link on the motion sickness.
  • Coffee and Orange juice are not recommended the morning of for those who get queasy.
  • Seasickness happens. We ask that you if you have to “purge “, please do so over the side, not inside.

Which state’s waters you do you fish in?

  • Our fishing grounds overlap three States. (CT, RI, and NY) as well as federal waters.
  • We abide by each area’s regulations while fishing in their respective waters.
  • Ultimately we cannot exceed Connecticut’s catch regulations.
  • If we fill our quota for one species we will target another the remainder of the trip.
  • Catch and release is strongly encouraged. If you don’t plan on eating your limit, let the rest go.

What if a member of the party has health issues?

  • PLEASE let us know in advance! We will make sure to accommodate their needs.
  • Our staff is trained in first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency.
  • Any emergencies beyond our scope will result in calling in the Coast Guard.

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Petrel fishing charters
Charter Fishing Long Island Sound
9 1st Street
Waterford, Connecticut
06385
US
Phone: (860) 962 0103